[quote="PJM, post:4, topic:254823"]
Here is the reason.
Divine Justice! :)
There are BILLIONS of planets an stars BUT only One can be proven to support the life forms we know of ...WHY?
This planet is EARTH, and on earth there are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of living "things"... BUT only One can LOVE... WHY?
Humanity alone has what is needed to love. A Mind, a intelect and a freewill attached to our souls... WHY?
HERE is WHY:)
Isa.43: 7 and 21 *" every one who is called by my name, **whom I [God] created for my glory and whom I formed and made.".. the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.
"That we "MIGHT" freely choose to know, love, honor, obey fully and serve our God who made us.
God because He is Good, Kind, Loving, Fair, and Just *MUST and DOES OFFER to every human person sufficient grace so that we can FREELY CHOOSE to know Him. MANY refuse this offer of salvation, so it is foolish to blame God for what WE OURSELVES decide.
And that is what your borother seems to be doing.:blush: God makes salvation available to all BUT Only SOME of us take advantage of it.
Matthew 7:12-14 "So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Nothing my friend in life is FREE... everyting has a price and can be had IF we are willing to "pay the price"... but let's not blame God because many are too lazy to pay the price of salvation:thumbsup:
God Bless you,
Join ME in praying for your brother and his "friends"
As I said in the above post, I had an debate online with an atheist about this very subject so I asked several priests what the Church teachings on the subject were. As I said in my first post, if someone lives a life that is good in accordance with their conscience, they will go to Heaven. They will be given a chance to choose God or choose self, just as we will. Like us, they may need to spend some time in Purgatory. That is what the Church teaches, not a case of "pray or you pay".